Publisher's Plate Vol. 25 No. 08

Donnafugata Estates in Sicily

Santé in August is as hot as ever!


Our lead story is from Penny Weiss, who brings us back to Sicily, where she tours the Donnafugata winery and estate. Founded in 1983 by Giacomo Rallo, he inspired a new generation of modern winemaking in Sicily. The Donnafugata name is synonymous with creativity as represented in their art and literature-inspired labels, lead by Gabriella, Giacomo’s wife. It is also a company that has invested heavily in sustainable viniculture. You will enjoy this read as Penny explores various regions of Sicily and highlights some of the wines that you will want to collect for your own private exploration of the areas.

Drew Beard takes us on an in-depth tour of A. Smith Bowman, Virginia’s oldest distillery. He covers how Master Distiller, Brian Prewitt, guided the company to prestigious awards and an ever-growing line of products. With over 500 experiments in place, Prewitt is directing A. Smith Bowman to continue to innovate in the spirits field.


Jake Leonti of F+B Therapy tells us why coffee is like wine and why it is not! He discusses terroir and the relative effects on coffee by the grower, the roaster, and the barista.

Melanie Young delivers a restaurant profile from Yannick Benjamin. Yannick and his partners opened his first restaurant, Contento NYC. Located in East Harlem, the 40- seat restaurant’s social mission is to offer accessibility to all and encourage inclusivity. Learn how Benjamin’s own disability inspired him to found Contento.

In her Chef and Mentor column, Melanie Young brings us the fantastic story of Leeann Chin’s. Leeann rose from working as a seamstress to impressing the likes of actors Sean Connery and Robert Redford with her cooking. These relationships helped her develop a 30-restaurant conglomerate in Minnesota. Also, see one of Leeann’s last recipes before she passed away.

Have a great August, everyone. While sipping your Margaritas at the beach, here are a few things for you to consider:

Have you been to Telluride, Colorado? You’ll want to be there for the 40th annual Telluride Wine Festival this September 23-26th. 

Attendees and exhibitors (who are not Santé advertisers) can attend at a discount. Enter the code “Sante” on checkout. Santé advertisers may present at our booth for free. 

If you produce wine or spirits, have you entered the new Santé Wine and Spirits Competition? The competition is for any winery or distiller interested in gaining exposure with restaurant professionals. Judged by a prestigious group of experts and backed by the respected Santé brand, winning products will receive the on-premise recognition they deserve. Winners will be featured in a fall issue of Santé Magazine and shared with our extensive subscriber base and social media channels. So enter your wines or spirits now. Don’t delay!

If your brand wins, you will have the opportunity to present your product at the Santé booth at the Telluride Wine Festival for no additional cost! We are also extending this benefit to any of our advertisers. Please contact me for details.

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A Votre Santé

Emiliano De Laurentiis

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